Hi Jamie, this is very odd, I get very different results from what are are getting.
I just went directly to the advanced search page, at http://www.bookshare.org/search
and went to the author box and put into the author field Tina Gallo without any quotes. I got only 15 results. None of those included books with Tina Gallo as an author, which tells me that there aren't any books by this author in the collection.
I totally agree that this should have an option to let you search for only books that have Gallo, for example, as part of the author's name. But still, I'm not getting hundreds or thousands of results the way you are.
I can't figure out what you and I are doing differently, and I can certainly understand why you would feel so frustrated.
Judy s. Jamie Yates, CPhT wrote:
Judy, I wanted to find out if there were any Tina Gallo books in the collection. In the past if you put in both first and last name, you risked not finding something that really was there, so I started with Gallo. Even with Tina Gallo I still get 452 results which is too many results and most of them not even close to relevant. In advanced search in the author box it's the same thing. I do this type of search maybe 50 times a week so it's way too much to sort through. I get lists of books from the library and I get weekly and sometimes daily lists of new books from all different various publishers and when I see one that strikes my fancy I want to see if (a) I can get it from the library and (b) if Bookshare has it. Because if I want to read it, then I want to make sure others can read it too. I've also in the past found that searching for a book's title is not always a good plan especially if the title contains punctuation. I don't know if that is true of the new search. There has to be a simple way to do a search for an author's last name and get a list of only authors with that last name. In this instance I want to see what, if any, books Bookshare has by author Tina Gallo. Or by Gil Mcneil. Or Judy Schachner. Or Rufus Butler Seder which, in the past, would be a nightmare to search for because of the two last names so I would search for Rufus but I can't do that now. Why doesn't advanced search truly work as an advanced search? If I put something in the author field it should only be searching for authors, right? I gotta go get my stuff ready for the chat at 9 or I will still be on here asking questions.-- Jamie in MichiganCurrently Reading: The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeilEarn cash for answering trivia questions every 3 hours: http://instantcashsweepstakes.com/invitations/ref_link/49497See everything I've read this year at: www.michiganrxtech.com/books.html <http://www.michiganrxtech.com/books.html>
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